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Maritime Labour Convention 2006: Latest ratifications

More countries ratify the Maritime Labour Convention TheMaritime Labour Convention, 2006 or MLC, 2006 is an international labour Convention adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO). It provides international standards for the world's first genuinely global industry.Widely known as the "seafarers' bill of rights," the MLC, 2006 was adopted by government, employer and workers representatives at a special ILO International Labour Conference in February 2006.It is unique in that it aims both to achieve decent work for seafarers and to secure economic interests through fair competition for quality ship owners.The following are the latest ratifications of MLC 2006.GermanyGermany becomes the43rd ILO Member State and the 17th European country to ratify theMaritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006), a landmark convention which constitutes the fourth pillar of the international maritime legal regime complementing key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) with decent working and living conditions for seafarers and conditions of fair competition for ship owners. Germany has around 350 registered vesselstotallingmore than 15,3 million gross tonnage under its flag and is the third country of ownership in the world. The port of Hamburg, third largest seaport in Europe, 14th world's largest container port and second largest European container port, is a ...

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More pirate attacks on oil vessels

Ghana is expecting more pirate attacks More pirate attacks are expected on vessels carrying Ghana's oil in the coming months, Dr Kwasi Aning, Security Analyst at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Center has said.According to him, the country should expect more pirate attacks on oil vessels as Ghana is producing oil in commercial quantities.The security expert told Joy News that the Gulf of Guinea, aside the Gulf of Aden, has been made dangerous due to the activities of the pirates, which he said have gradually risen since 2006, particularly on the coast of Cote d'Ivoire and Nigeria.He made the submission a day after the Voice of America (VOA) report quoted Greek Maritime officials as saying that about 10 suspected pirates seized a vessel, a Greek-run oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria on Saturday.The ship was said to be carrying oil from Ghana to Benin but Thomas Manu, Director of Exploration and Production at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has denied the report, explaining that their initial investigations revealed that the crude was not really coming from Ghana.Dr. Aning expressed concern about the attitude of officials in dealing with the operations of pirates which he said could ...

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